The Piccadilly Community Centre is the latest show at Hauser & Worth Gallery. The refined ‘high art’ gallery has been turned into a local community centre, in the heart of London’s monopoly mile (next door to the Ritz). Impersonating rural elderly volunteer centres the Piccadilly Community Centres scales 8 various rooms for a variety of different activities from fencing to disco hire, all is catered for.
note the ‘To let’ sign outside.
The rural community ideology has been popular in contemporary art geared towards social interaction for a long time. However this seems to have gone past influence and replication, the spaces are available to hire to public and the calender is full of obscure classes and activities. This anonymous work exceeds existing being art whilst relying on art to preserve these environments. The volunteer network and outreach for this project must of been enormous , i find it all quite hard to believe. Maybe catch you at coffee morning.
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